Alumni and Faculty Sweep 2023 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Carlos Barragán
May 18, 2023

School of the Arts alumni and faculty have made their mark on this year's Drama Desk Award nominations, with several productions featuring their talents receiving nominations. Winners will be announced the week of May 29, and the 67th annual ceremony will be on June 6, 2023 at Sardi’s Restaurant in midtown Manhattan.

Into the Woods, which enlisted the expertise of Adjunct Assistant Professors Justin Scribner and Cody Renard Richard as Production Stage Manager and Production Supervisor, received a stellar six nominations, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Sound Design of a Play. Fat Ham, a contemporary spin on Shakespeare's Hamlet directed by Saheem Ali ’07 and starring Marcel Spears ’15 in the titular role, has also made a strong impression receiving two nominations (Outstanding Play and Outstanding Sound Design of a Play).


Production still from 'Fat Ham,' directed by Saheem Ali '07

Death of a Salesman, produced by Professor Steven Chaikelson, is another noteworthy production that received four nominations, including Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Direction of a Play. As a modern American classic, the play continues to resonate with audiences and showcase the exceptional talent of those involved in its creation. 

Parade, a musical centered around the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, features several School of the Arts students, alumni, and professors. Second-year dramaturgy student Cami Rose Hancock works as Dramaturg and assistant to book writer Alfred Uhry, while Scribner works as Production Stage Manager and Adjunct Assistant Professor Sarah Harris works as stage manager. Additionally, former Adjunct Assistant Professor Manoel Felciano stars as Tom Watson, alumnus Joel Glassman ’18 works as Company Manager, Renard Richard works on the producing team, and Adjunct Professor Rachel Sussman and David Manella '18 work as co-producers.

Production still from 'Parade'

On That Day in Amsterdam, written by Theatre alumnus Clarence Coo ’10 and directed by alumnus Kareem Fahmy ’07, is a compelling story of two young men who fall in love during a trip to Amsterdam. The production has earned accolades for its exploration of love, identity, and the passage of time and received three nominations, including Outstanding Direction of a Play. Public Obscenities, written by Shayok Misha Chowdhury ’16, is a provocative examination of public morality and the role of the individual in society. The play received five nominations and its cast has already been awarded a special Ensemble Award.

The Bandaged Place, written by alumnus Harrison David Rivers ’09, is a powerful exploration of trauma and the healing process. It received two nominations, including Outstanding Choreography. Finally, Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical, conceived by Theatre Management and Production student Jonathan Hogue, is a hilarious send-up of the popular television show Stranger Things. It received three nominations, including Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical.

See a complete list of 2023 Drama Desk Award nominations here.